The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was in partnership with the Local Government Units (LGU) in this year’s Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP). At least 126,267 children were enrolled at different children development centers in the Central Visayas for the feeding program.
Supplementary Feeding Program
The Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 7 is currently implementing the ninth cycle of its Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP). The program aims to improve & sustain the health status of the children in various LGU-managed daycare centers/Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP) areas and communities. The program’s food supplementation is in the form of hot meals served during snack/meal time to children five days a week for 120 days.
After the feeding process, the children are weighed at the onset of the feeding and 60 days thereafter, and after the completion of 120 feeding days to determine improvement and sustenance in their nutritional status. The program’s target beneficiaries are children aged two to three years old under the SNP group, 3-4 years old in child development centers and five-year-old children who are not enrolled in the Department of Education (DepEd) pre-school but are in daycare centers.
In the ninth cycle of the Supplementary Feeding Program’s implementation in Central Visayas, a total of Php 210,702,600 has been allocated for the 3,497 children development centers and SNP groups in Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor. Aside from the provision of supplemental food, complimentary activities like deworming, micronutrient supplementation, nutrition education, and growth monitoring are also done to fully maximize the impact of the SFP.
Also during the SFP’s ninth cycle this year, a series of orientation on the program’s guidelines was conducted for the LGUs to ensure continued proper implementation of the program in various CDCs and SNPs. From the first cycle up to the ninth cycle of the SFP implementation, the DSWD 7 has already served a total of 1,212,944 children in Central Visayas. The SFP is also part of the department’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development program of the National Government.